Soccer standout Allie Winstanley named to all-region first teams

by Kaitlyn Lees | 1/10/20 2:00am

Allie Winstanley ’23 was recently named to the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association’s All-New England First Team after a stellar freshman campaign. The forward had an impressive offensive season that broke Big Green freshman records. In addition to the New England First Team, she earned a spot on the All-Ivy Second Team and was one of only four Ivy League students named to the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region First Team.

Winstanley finished the season with 10 goals and 25 points, setting two new rookie records for Big Green women’s soccer while pacing the league in both categories. Starting in all 17 games, she led the team in shots and shots on goal this season with 44 and 26 attempts, respectively. Winstanley recorded her first collegiate goal in a win against Syracuse University in early September. A week later, she struck again versus Florida International University with a goal and an assist, and she kept up her scoring versus Quinnipiac University and the University of Rhode Island. She continued her breakout season with a hat trick against Merrimack College and a combination of two goals and an assist against Southern Illinois University. Winstanley wrapped up her record-setting season with a goal and assist against Cornell University. Her three game-winning goals gave her another spot atop the Ivy League leaderboard alongside teammate Izzy Glennon ’22 and others.

Head coach Ron Rainey described her season as a solid start to her career at Dartmouth with room to grow. 

“She’s a tremendously hard worker out on the field, not just in practice and games but doing extra things,” Rainey said. “That’s allowed her to have some nice success this first season.” 

Rainey singled out Winstanley’s high fitness level as a freshman, good mentality, relationships with teammates, and her ability to get extra shots and attempts on goal as key factors in her impressive debut season. 

With the understanding that soccer is an unpredictable team sport, Winstanley said she approached her freshman season aiming to focus on the aspects of the game within her power, such as her mindset and training in order to maximize her individual contribution to the team. 

“She’s probably one of the most humble people I know,” said co-captain Hayley Soriano ’20. “It’s cool to leave the team in a way that I’m confident people like [Winstanley] will step up.” 

Hailing from Concord, MA, Winstanley has both Dartmouth and soccer running in her family. Her aunt graduated from the College in 1994, and her mother played soccer at Williams College. Her high school career included awards as the New England Soccer Player of the Year in 2019 and the Elite Clubs National League’s Northeast Conference Player of the Year in 2018. She was also named an ECNL All-American in 2018 and a United Soccer Coaches All-American in 2019.

After visiting Dartmouth and other schools, Winstanley said she was drawn to the Big Green program’s great reputation and coaching staff. Winstanley also noted an important difference in the team atmosphere and culture, describing a genuine sense of closeness between players. 

“I could really already get a sense of what I now know — that the team is such a close family,” she said. “This team is not like any other I’ve been on.”

Other members of the women’s soccer team have also earned postseason awards. Co-captain Bonnie Shea ’21 received a First-Team All-Ivy nod and a spot on the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region Third Team. In addition, Erin Kawakami ’21 and Lorna MacFarlane ’21 were both given All-Ivy honorable mentions. The Big Green, which finished with double-digit wins for the second straight season, will see all four players, including Winstanley, return next season and looks to improve upon its seventh place finish in the Ivy League.